Just finished reading Jennifer Shearer French’s Survival Year.
I can be more personal here than in the official review I’ll be sending to Fraking Books later tonight/tomorrow. So, again, I say…Holy Shit.
If there was ever a more in-the-now fictional story regarding the geopolitical landscape, it is Survival Year. With the situation brewing between the Koreas, and the seemingly inevitable missile launch, this book gave me serious pause. This is one hell of a political thriller.
French outlines what could potentially be an answer to the global political decline – financial, commodities, communications. Complete governmental transparency. Holy Shit. French knows her way around the world she lays out in her book; she’s got a background in cyberethics for Goddess sake, and degrees. Plus, there’s love, intrigue and assassination attempts.
Could you imagine a world where every citizen had a vote? Every citizen could weigh in on politics and the actions of his or her host government? All from something resembling a cell phone or other mobile device. Ingenious.
As far as writing style goes, French warmed up and the flow got better as the book went along. Katarina, part of the Survival Year committee, is the main character. She’s got some co-stars and they have some focus where it matters. And Katarina herself, develops as the story progresses. Confident woman willing to give it all up in hopes of changing the political climate for the greater good becomes the even more confident woman who finds the love of her life and…oops, almost spoiled the ending.
Even if you aren’t into political thrillers, spend the $3.99 and a couple hours reading this. I’ll even give you the link to buy it. See? How difficult was that? Buy it. Read it. Freak out like I did.